Events


  • An Audience with Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Champion

    Sunday 30th April 2017


    Sunday 30th April - 2:30 pm.

     

    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "An Audience With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

     

    Jane Devonshire was crowned MasterChef 2016 Champion in the twelfth series of the hugely popular BBC One series.  Stay at home mum, had an extraordinary final cook-off where she wowed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her childhood-inspired menu.

    The menu consisted of a Winkle starter, Indian-inspired Sunday Roast Lamb, and Rhubarb and Custard dessert. Don't you just love her!

    We are delighted that Jane has agreed to be part of our "An Audience With" series.  This is your opportunity to hear Jane talk about her love of cooking and the exciting year she has had since winning Masterchef, in the intimate surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House. Also your chance to ask her all those questions you've been dying to know the answers to such as what is it really like behind the scenes at MasterChef?

    Tickets to join Jane are limited to just 22 spaces.  The session starts at 2.30 pm and lasts for 45 minutes.  So book your ticket now!

    Jane can also be seen demonstrating in the Cookery Theatre at the Food and Drink Festival.  For more information check out our website at www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

     

  • An Audience with Theo Randall, Internationally Renowned Chef

    Monday 1st May 2017


    Monday 1st May - 12:45 pm

     

    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "Audiences With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

     

    We are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned chef Theo Randall to be our third "An Audience With" participant.  Described as "this country's best non-Italian chef", his reputation has soared since he opened his first restaurant in 2006. 

    Theo was formerly Head Chef and Partner at The River Cafe, which was awarded its first Michelin Star under his direction.  Theo's rising profile has been enhanced by his many television appearances. 

    In addition to his public cooking demonstration as part of our Food and Drink Festival, we are incredibly excited to be able to offer you the chance to hear Theo talk about his love of cooking in the intimate surroundings of the Tithe Office at Oliver Cromwell's House.  Theo will be happy to take questions as well as sign books at the end.  Feel free to bring your own books in or you can purchase either of Theo's cook books on the day as Burrows Bookshop, Ely, will be in attendance.

    Tickets for this "An Audience With" are limited to just 22 spaces.  The session begins at 12.45 pm and last for 45 minutes.

    For more information about the Food and Drink Festival please go to our dedicated website - www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

     

     

  • An Audience with Mr Hashimoto, Dojima Sake Brewery

    Monday 1st May 2017


    1st May - 2:30 pm.

     

    Ely's Tourist Information Centre, based at Oliver Cromwell's House, are the organisers of Ely's Eel Festival Weekend.  A unique four day, fun packed celebration all based around the humble eel.  As part of the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May, Oliver Cromwell's House is host to a series of "Audiences With" providing food and drink lovers the opportunity to hear the personal stories of four different people and find out why they are so passionate about their crafts.

     

     

    We are all keenly awaiting the opening of Britain’s first sake brewery in Fordham by the Dojima Family later this year. We are thrilled to be able to feature owner and master brewer of Dojima Brewery, Mr Hashimoto, to be our fourth participant in our series of  "An Audience with" sessions.

    This is your opportunity to learn more about Japan's much loved beverage including the technique for brewing as well as how best to drink it, including tasting several varieties.

    Tickets are limited to just 22 spaces.  Session starts at 2.30 pm and last for 45 minutes.  Over 18s only. 

    For more information about the Food and Drink Festival please go to our dedicated website - www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

  • Escape Room at Cromwell's House


    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm.  We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

    Gather friends, family or colleagues together and see how well you work together in this fun but challenging activity that will be a talking point for weeks to come. This is the perfect activity to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or just an excuse for a memorable activity.

    A group of Royalist supporters have been captured by a detachment of Cromwell's troop and are being held temporarily under armed guard in the Tithe Room of Cromwell's former house. However, one of the guards is a Royalist sympathiser himself and has hidden a set of clues in the room along with a key. 

    The group's mission is to locate the clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find the golden key which will allow them to make good their escape. You have 60 minutes to complete the mission and escape otherwise the guards will return.

    Popular in various countries across the world, Escape Rooms have become the "must do" activity and is one of the latest trends to hit the UK. Oliver Cromwell’s House is very excited to be able to bring this bespoke Escape Room challenge to Ely.

    Sessions are priced at £80 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call tic@eastcambs.gov.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

     

     

     

     

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  • Ely’s Heritage Eel Walk

    Monday 1st May 2017


    The tour starts at 11.30am, departing from Oliver Cromwell's House.

     

    Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgable guide.

  • Meet the Cromwells!

    Sunday 28th May 2017


    10:00 am until 5:00 pm

    Adults - £6

    Children - £4

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House comes to life like never before, with each room in this remarkably well preserved seventeenth century home brimming with long lost energy. Oliver is coming home and bringing the family with him!

     

     

    This is your chance to witness a snapshot of the life and times of one of England’s most iconic and divisive men. Discover the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, as dinner is prepared for a hungry household, what is on the menu? And what is Marchpane?

    Follow on to discover what life would have been like for children in the 17th century and learn about Wool; from fleece to finely spun thread with our very own “Spinster” who will talk and show you through the process of “spinning”

    Meet a veteran soldier, from “The Bishops Wars” and discover what he’ll be taking to battle with him, as England heads towards the first Civil War, between King Charles and Parliament; you’ll be able to ask this knowledgeable soldier a wide variety of questions! Not to forget, you can also learn all about how an injured soldier would be treated, with our military surgeon who will be bringing with him his marvellous collection of interesting and, in some cases, utterly terrifying medical implements. How would he deal with a musket ball? What about amputating a leg? You’ll find out at Oliver Cromwell’s House!

    Leaving the horrors of war behind, join our skilled book binder who will be demonstrating how books were created during the 17th century using authentic reproduction tools and materials, giving a rare, up-close glimpse into a highly prized trade and skill that is still to this day revered.

    As you enter the haunted bedroom you may perhaps see something out of the corner of your eye, don’t be startled. It is simply the man himself, Oliver Cromwell, happy to welcome people to his home, to talk and answer questions. What have you always wanted to know about Oliver Cromwell? What will you ask him?

    This promises to be a day of delight and drama as Oliver Cromwell, his family and friends, come home for just one day.